The XI we think Danny Cowley should go with tonight

CF: John Akinde

What John needs, is a goal. What John needs, is confidence. He also needs to sit in the dugout when he’s taken off, not on the hoardings picking mud out of his boots, but he’s cutting a frustrated figure and it is sad to see.

I’m not naming him here because I want him to be linked to the fringe players, but because he needs a goal and a confidence boost. He needs to be partnered with Matt Green, if only to prove to people like me, people who don’t see the players train every day, that it won’t work.

I want John Akinde to be a success. I want him to prove those doubters wrong. He might need to score against Scunthorpe reserves to do it, but at least give him and Green and hour. Then bring on Rheady and let him do what he does.

Of course, the obvious choice is to play Rhead and Green from the start which is what I suspect Danny will do, but I would prefer to see this experimental XI given a go.


  1. Forget the doubters… they don’t have a clue. Akinde is playing well, the front players link with him well and the team is winning. I don’t get this lack of confidence assumption. It is about the team not individual goal stats… Akinde,have a rest and be on it again at Port Vale.

  2. Grant Smith not on bench Saturday pending a possible loan move. Surely the third string becomes second string and needs games… Not Smith for me. Akinde? Can’t see it. He has just been onvolved in 3 games in 10 days. Even if he bags a couple people will say it was only against a second string defence. The opportunity I expect will be given to Rheady to push for a start with the regular back 4 rested except for Toffolo.

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